Role of COPD phenotypes in treatment

2017-11-28
Jadwiga Wedzicha

Is it likely that in the near future the knowledge on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) phenotypes will help to choose an optimal treatment?

Jadwiga Wedzicha: COPD is a very complicated condition. It is a combination of various disorders, and also the disease changes over life. I think this is something we have not really considered. If you are a younger COPD patient, the disorder looks different – maybe you just have bronchitis – while as you get older, you are more likely to develop respiratory failure.

There is a lot of interest at the moment in different phenotypes: bronchitis, emphysema, high eosinophil count, bronchiectasis, patients who are very breathless, patients who are very hyperinflated. I think in the future we will be tailoring the right treatment to the right patient, but in order to do that we need even more novel therapies.

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